Kohler 1821 or Maax Pose 6632 tile flanges?
For our modern minimalist bath remodel we want a soaking tub/shower combo that will install into a corner. The shower will not be used daily -- just the back up shower for the 2 of us. The only tubs that fit and that we can agree on style/ depth-wise are drop in tubs with an available tile flange attachment sold by the same manufacturer. Kohler 1821 or the Maax Pose 6632 are the ones we want. Has anyone installed either?
I think that should be fine, but the plumber I usually use doesn't warranty any tub without a built in tile flange for more than 2 years. As in, he can install it so that it doesn't leak but he won't guarantee that it won't leak after several years.
I wonder, what doesn't have the potential to leak? The integrated tub flanges I have seen are less than 1/2" high -- if you use it long enough, I'm guessing water will get in there from time to time no matter what. I am leaning towards getting the tub I want with the separate flange kit, and having the contractor triple waterproof the whole wall/tub zone.
Do y'all think I will live to regret it, or do you think that as long as I maintain the bath grout and caulk, I should be fine? Has anyone installed a drop in tub into a 2-sided alcove? I was thinking I can install the add-on tile flange and put a 1/4 round tile over the top of it using expoxy grout -- or is it better to just do caulk without tile?
The only similar sized tub with alcove flange is the Kohler Tea-for-Two. It's 4" wider which will be a design challenge, and it's cast iron. This is a second floor bathroom, so a 440 lb. cast iron tub that can hold 105 gallons of water (885 lbs weight) sounds like a recipe for problems -- a lot more than a little tile flange.